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Thread: Rookie Question: How Do I Tell the Difference Between XC, All Mountain and Downhill?

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    Default Rookie Question: How Do I Tell the Difference Between XC, All Mountain and Downhill?

    It's all in the title, but I'm new to the sport and already researching a replacement for my Aldi 29'er.

    There's a lot of bikes on the market, probably all not suitable for my needs (I want something with full suspension that is good at going up and down).

    How do I tell the difference?

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    Rough guide....

    XC - generally 120mm travel or less. 68+ Deg HA.
    Trail/AM - Generally 120 to 150mm travel, 66.5 to 68 deg HA
    Enduro - Generally 150 to 180mm travel, 65 to 66.5 Dec HA
    DH - 180mm +, dual crown fork.

    A trail/AM bike is the sweet spot as a good all rounder. Will pedal up and descend pretty well in all but the extremes.

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    Give us some more details (skills, location you ride, budget etc) and you might get some suggestions. Just by looking at the bikes suggested you'll get a feel pretty quickly what the bikes are like.

    PS how long did the aldi bike last?
    Be careful with that, it was new once.

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    Just by mentioning you want something that's good at going up and down, I think precludes the whole XC category for you. No XC rider will even talk about the down.

    The Bansheebikes.com website shows you how their bikes fit into categories quite well. Have a browse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by link1896 View Post
    Just by mentioning you want something that's good at going up and down, I think precludes the whole XC category for you. No XC rider will even talk about the down.

    The Bansheebikes.com website shows you how their bikes fit into categories quite well. Have a browse.
    Same as I guess it precludes the DH category too. You don't want to be riding a DH bike uphill.

    So I guess its either Enduro or Trail/AM.

    Either will do the job. Enduro better on the Down - Trail better on the Up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scblack View Post
    Same as I guess it precludes the DH category too. You don't want to be riding a DH bike uphill.

    So I guess its either Enduro or Trail/AM.

    Either will do the job. Enduro better on the Down - Trail better on the Up.
    Yep. The glut of second hand DH bikes that sell for 20 cents in the dollar also suggests many people make this mistake. I bite my tongue every time I see an unrealistic DH bike listing.
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    The prices some folk expect to get for the older DH rigs is mind boggling.

    It doesn't matter that it's in great condition, if I can buy something 7 years younger with great spec for the same price you're aiming waaaaay too high!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTmofo View Post

    Enduro - Generally 150 to 180mm travel, 65 to 66.5 Dec HA
    Enduro is an event format, not a bike type.... What's typically referred to as an "enduro" bike is squarely in the AM category.
    Just ride the bloody thing and enjoy yourself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Duckmeister View Post
    Enduro is an event format, not a bike type.... What's typically referred to as an "enduro" bike is squarely in the AM category.
    Sorry captain pedantic.....
    I wouldnt ride a 140mm trail bike or a 200mm DH bike in a Gravity Enduro event, so does the title of "a bike suitable for Gravity Enduro" fit in your anus.... I mean list.

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    Exactly as I said, bikes typically used for Gravity Enduro racing are squarely in the 160-180mm AM category.

    Enduro is equally valid for XC riding, and you sure as shit wouldn't want to ride a 140+mm bike there.
    Just ride the bloody thing and enjoy yourself!

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